Jammu and Kashmir Hoteliers Club (JKHC) has expressed concerns over the restrictions on locals to go for excursions to different hill resorts.
In a statement, Secretary General Tariq Rashid Ghani said they have already taken up the matter with Advisor Baseer A Khan for allowing local tourism activities initially before any government lifts advisory on normal tourism.
Ghani said the tourism sector has been dealt a heavy blow first by the Aug 2019 advisory and later by Covid pandemic.
“Tourism sector was first to be hit and it is last to recover. When normal economic activity has started, tourism is unlikely to start anytime sooner. Now, locals are moving to hill resorts to beat the heat and bust the boredom. However, certain officials have restricted the movement of the locals,” he said.
Ghani said if local tourism is allowed with proper guidelines and SOPs, some sort of tourism activity would re-start and help stakeholders in surviving to some extent.
“We request authorities to allow local tourism which is a meager percentage. This would not cause virus spread as people would follow SOPs,” he said.